March 2017
Women's Engineering Society eNewsletter
Welcome to the March edition of the WES newsletter! 

In this month's newsletter we have a special feature celebrating National Apprenticeship Week, as well as updates on WES, upcoming events, job postings and new from our partners. 

Job listings are found in the WES Jobs section below or you can click here.  

The Women's Engineering Society is committed to supporting women in engineering. Click through the following link for more information on  being a WES memberIt costs just a pound a week and helps us to do our work to inspire and support women to achieve their potential as engineers, applied scientists and technical leaders.

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WES Updates
WES Annual Conference 2017

GET CONNECTED: Empowering women and enriching careers
12 May at UCL, London

This year's theme is all about enriching careers through connection and planning, with sessions including mentoring and coaching for women in STEM, CPD and leadership for technical women, personal goal setting and lifelong learning career planning in the engineering and technical sectors and recruitment and early career women.  Non WES members are welcome.  Is there a session not covered here that you would like added?  Have you heard a good speaker recently?  If so, please email Benjamin Palmer at

The latest issue of The Woman Engineer journal is out now!

Find out how one woman's quest for adventure is honoured by another's, PPE is put under the spotlight, read the WES Student conference report and discover how MentorSET needs you in the  latest issue here
WES in the Daily Telegraph

For anyone who may have missed this, the Daily Telegraph produced a supplement to accompany the launch of WE50, the WES awards for 50 women in engineering. The supplement has been formatted into a digital flipbook for all to see, and features interviews with Kirsten Bodley our CEO and Benita Mehra, WES President. It also features many case studies of women in engineering companies around the UK.  Click here to see the digital flipbook

The Top 50 Women in Engineering 2017 nominations are now open and are available to women in any engineering profession aged 35 and under. Feel free to nominate as many candidates from your organisation as you like. Nominations can be submitted via the online hub at:

In 2017 NWED is going international. It's now time to start planning for
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WES Jobs
Apprenticeships and Internships
Student and Graduate Programmes
Are you passionate about taking the lead in reducing flood and coastal erosion risk?
The Secretary of State for Environment, Flood and Rural Affairs is looking to appoint Chairs to the Environment Agency's Anglian (Central), Thames, North West, South West and Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committees (RFCCs).

To succeed in this challenging role, you will need to harmonise diverse interests and objectives with fairness to ensure this important work is done effectively.  This calls for strong leadership, chairing and communication skills, plus a diplomatic approach.

Applicants from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds are actively encouraged.  Defra operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for disabled people.  Deadline for applications: 20th March, 12.00 midday.

More information

National Apprenticeship Week
A special feature to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, which took place this month.
The Get In Go Far Apprenticeship Campaign

A new national campaign launched by the Department for Education (DfE) and the Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Robert Halfon is encouraging owners of Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SME) within the Manufacturing industry to take on apprentices and understand the many benefits this can have for their business.

The Get in Go Far apprenticeship campaign showcases a range of SME employers experiencing the business benefits of apprenticeships, highlights new funding packages on offer, and has the support of the Federation of Small Business (FSB).
How you can make you mark at Tarmac 

Tarmac is the UK's leading sustainable building materials and construction solutions business. With over 150 years experience and 400 sites across the UK, Tarmac's products are everywhere you go, live and work. 

An apprenticeship at Tarmac is a real job with training which would allow you to earn while you learn, whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification. In 2017, we'll be taking on apprentices throughout our business so why not go to and find out what opportunities might be right for you and start your career at a company where the opportunities are limitless.

Award-winning apprentice is a qualified success for Tarmac 

Tarmac apprentice mechanical fitter Abby Finney has only been working for three years but she's already developed an award-winning system to warn colleagues of health and safety risks and gained new qualifications in mechanical engineering. 

As an apprentice at Tarmac's Tunstead cement plant near Buxton, Derbyshire she works at one of the largest facilities of its kind in the UK and plays an important role maintaining equipment to keep the plant operating at full capacity. 

Abby hadn't always considered a future in engineering, but she was inspired to make a career change when she learnt of the opportunities available at Tarmac. 

She says: "I was working in an office when I heard about the Tarmac apprenticeship programme. I was really impressed by the training and career progression on offer, so I pushed myself to do something different." 

In the first two years of her apprenticeship Abby gained a BTEC in Mechanical Engineering from Chesterfield college, taking modules on electrical systems and welding, after which she successfully completed an HNC course. Now in her fourth year, she is working towards an HND qualification while working full time at the cement plant. 

"One moment I'll be dealing with maintenance on the raw-mill, then the next I'll be fixing a conveyor belt - the variety of skills I've developed is one of the things I love about this job," says Abby, who in 2015 received the East Midlands 'Apprentice of the Year' award. 

As well as kick-starting her own professional development at Tarmac, Abby has taken time to educate others about best practice in an industrial workplace. Following a health and safety incident onsite, Abby and fellow apprentice James Gratton constructed a rig to demonstrate the dangers that can arise from unguarded conveyors. Their inventive design won the Special Award for Innovation at the 2015 Mineral Products Association Health and Safety Awards in London, and the rig has since toured Tarmac sites nationwide. 

Abby says: "It was thrilling to receive such great recognition, not only for myself but for the whole team. The support is definitely one of the most rewarding parts of my apprenticeship, and now I'm in my final year I'm being encouraged to go on to do a degree or management qualifications. 

"The opportunities for development on the Tarmac apprenticeship are great, and I've not only gained technical qualifications, but the confidence to get stuck in as well. I only wish I'd known about it sooner!"
BP Electrical (Power) Engineering summer internship

Get a BP perspective on engineering Masterminding complex new techniques. Implementing high-tech extraction processes. Delivering fuel to the world. With great energy comes great responsibility. And as a BP engineering graduate, great responsibility is something you'll experience from day one.

As an Electrical Engineering Intern, you'll ensure existing production plants remain safe and reliable by effectively using manpower and equipment to carry out electrical maintenance, repairs and improvements. For new plants, like onshore oil and gas processing plants and offshore oil and gas production platforms, you will design all the electrical systems and equipment. Covering generators, transformers and electric motors, your hard work will ensure power is produced and used in the safest, most efficient and cost-effective way.

Apply here for the Electrical Engineering summer internship
Great start for your engineering career

As a strong advocate for encouraging girls into apprenticeships, Where Women Work was excited to work with clients for UK's National Apprenticeship Week inviting a new generation into this career path. Highly innovative global engineering firm Thales engaged a fresh audience with its #adayinthelifeof snapchat  campaign. Arup announced they'll be searching for over 50 talented, enthusiastic new apprentices to join their UK offices. AECOM, Schneider Electric and more also supported National Apprenticeship Week. 

Upcoming Events
Electricity: The Spark of Life Exhibition

Thursday 23rd February - Sunday 25th June 2017
Taking place at the Welcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, UK

The story of electricity is the story of life itself. Within every object on earth is hidden either a positive or negative electric charge - from the structure of the atom to the functioning of our brains, the natural power of electricity is all around and one of the most potent symbols of the modern world.

This exhibit will cover the use of electricity in the home, and demonstrate how this freed up women to enter the work place. Former WES President Caroline Haslett was a pioneer in this area. It features the tea towels she produced in the 50s and 60s.

For more information, check out the website
Building and Inclusive Workforce - Diversity and Recruitment

Evening Debate, Wed 22  March 2017 6 .15pm - 9.30pm [£30]
25 Cannon Street, London, EC4M 5TA

Having an inclusive culture that both welcomes and celebrates diversity is not only fast becoming the competitive decider that applicants look for when entering the workplace, but a fundamental performance driver within organisations. This event will discuss both the challenges and best practice of inclusive recruitment. Our discussion with a number of guest speakers will focus on:
  • How can organisations identify and remove barriers within the recruitment process to ensure opportunities are fully accessible?
  • How does the way roles are advertised impact on sourcing diverse talent?
  • How can organisations overcome unconscious bias throughout the recruitment process?
  • How can organisations engage the wider business on the importance of diversity and inclusive recruitment?
The host and panelists will lead an open discussion around the above questions to create a platform where we can all learn from each other on how to build an inclusive recruitment strategy to attract the best candidates and to deliver measurable value and impact right across our businesses. Register online here or RSVP to
Why are there so few engineers in parliament and public life - and does it really matter? 

Thursday 23rd March 2017, 3.45 pm
Leeds University

Now while Xi Jinping (President of China) and Juha Sipilä (Prime Minister of Finland) are both engineers, the UK Parliament appears to be dominated by lawyers, journalists, consultants and bankers. Few have any scientific qualifications and Chi is possibly the only chartered engineer out of 650 MPs.

Honorary WES member and Chartered Engineer Chi Onwurah MP will discuss this important topic. 

Roundtable discussion and networking event hosted jointly by NICEIC and Women on the Tools
The Industrial Strategy: Women in Under-Represented Sectors

Tuesday 28 March, 17.00 - 18.00
Committee Room 21, House of Commons

In 2017, the Women and Work All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) will focus on the Government's industrial strategy, and making it work for women. The industrial strategy identified investment in science, research and innovation as a key driver for growth across the UK. Yet women are under-represented in the STEM sector and those who work in STEM fields face constant bias against them.

We would be delighted if you could attend our meeting and join APPG Members, Parliamentarians, and key influencers to explore what more needs to be done to encourage women into STEM fields and support them in their careers. We are particularly pleased that Vice President of the Women's Engineering Society, Dr Sarah Peers, and Managing Director of Women into Construction CIC, Kath Moore, will be speaking at the meeting.

Please RSVP to Leonie Blakeway at Connect Communications on 020 7592 9592 or via You are welcome to pass this invitation on to colleagues and contacts who you feel may also be interested in attending.
Promoting Women in STEM

Thursday 30th March 2017 [Delegate fee]
Hallam Conference Centre, Central London

According to recent findings from The WISE campaign, women made up only 21% of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) workforce and represented only 8% of engineering professionals in the UK in 2016.

This shortage not only affects economic growth, it also contributes to gender pay gaps with less women working in high paying STEM roles. With this in mind, Inside Government will be holding 'Promoting Women in Stem', an interactive strategy discussion at the Hallam Conference Centre.

Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss successful initiatives and learn from best practice case studies that have been successful in widening the pool of talent and helping to maximise the contribution of women to STEM.

WES members get 20% off delegate rate. Please ema il Cath at for the details.
For further information please click here
National Engineering and Construction Recruitment (NECR) Exhibition

Friday 31st March - Saturday 1st April 2017 [Free]
NEC, Birmingham

Whether you are an experienced engineering or construction professional looking for your next step up the career ladder, or a recent graduate looking to kick-start your career within the industry The National Engineering & Construction Recruitment Exhibition offers a vast array of interesting job opportunities. WES Prize winner Bethan Murray will be speaking on the Friday. 

Pathways to Success

Friday 7th April 2016,  9am to 5pm [£45/£35]
London South Bank University, Events Theatre, 21 Keyworth Street, London SE1 6NG

Nowadays there are more female graduates than ever, but very few females manage to progress through the ranks. In the oil and gas sector the statistics are particularly bad, with only 4% female representation at executive board level.

Join us on Friday 7th April to explore what needs to be done to achieve a gender balanced workforce. We will challenge energy companies to put systems in place to help women excel in their jobs, and we will challenge attendees to push themselves forward in their career.
Formula Student 2017 

This year's event will take place on 21-23 July 2017 at Silverstone, featuring 116 teams from 25 different countries.

Or ga nised by the Institution of Mechanical E ngineers, Formula Student is the most established educational engineering competition that challenges university students to design and build a single-seat racing car. Exceptional graduates regularly go on to join organisations such as Ferrari, Mahle Powertrains and Bosch and we are proud that the competition attracts a higher  percentage of female engineers (12% of team members) than the UK average of 9%. 

For full details of this year's event and to join in the fun and atmosphere, please visit
More News
Engineering UK Report 2017

Out Now! Engineering UK 2017: The State of Engineering, the annual flagship report on the engineering sector from EngineeringUK.  Download the report here
EU Project - Inspiring Girls in STEM

The U K Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) is proud to  welcome the Women's Engineering Society (WES) as part of the core steering group for Hypatia UK. Hypatia is a Horizon 2020 Project across 14 countries with a vision of a European society that communicates science to youth in a gender inclusive way, to realise the full potential of both young women and young men.

Through this project we aim to build on the ongoing and excellent work in the UK that addresses the attitudes of science education professionals towards more gender-inclusive practices. We look towards a national strategy that can be adopted during teacher, science presenter or STEM ambassador training to ensure that we openly recognise our responsibilities for gender diversity and inclusion as science education professionals and inspirers of the next generation.

Further information about the project
Power Players

Power Players is a new initiative that aims to facilitate the ambitions and showcase the success of young leaders and innovators within the building engineering services sector. WES is a formal supporter of the initiative.

To reach out to a young(ish) audience , the initiative will have a strong innovative online focus, meeting the needs of busy and motivated young people. 

Young people from across the industry will be encouraged to send in a short self-nomination video, which highlights their excellence and/or innovation in particular areas of work (e.g. sustainability, training, diversity etc.)  The shortlisted entries for public vote will be showcased during the ED&I Expo at the NEC in September this year, which expects to have footfall of approx. 5,000 over two days. 

Clever Cogs Engineering Challenge

Girlguiding North West England celebrated International Women's Day by launching a brand new engineering challenge badge - Clever Cogs

Developed by Girlguiding North West England with support from three young female scientists from BAE Systems, Clever Cogs uses interactive activities to encourage girls to take a more positive view of going into STEM-based careers. It also features profiles of some of the world's most inspirational and pioneering female engineers.

Read more here
Build the biggest little railway ever

" Would be great to see WES members on TV involved in programmes such as this.... 
They are looking for engineers from all backgrounds, whether it be a railway background or not. For further information click here

If any WES member gets on this, or other programmes, do let us know. We will celebrate your 15 minutes of fame! And of course, if you can mention the Women's Engineering Society on TV that would be brilliant."
Bold moves made on International Women's Day 

International Women's Day made a huge impact this month with wide-ranging support and recognition of the #BeBoldForChange campaign theme embraced across the world via  inspirational campaigns, events and videos. Amplifying the need for gender parity, companies including Vodafone, Western Union and Avon marked IWD by making  major announcements, one of which was the launch of the  world's largest women career returner programme.
Engineering Skills for the Future report

A new report launched from Semta sets out the path to overcoming the  sector's looming skills crisis by encouraging more women to start their career in engineering.

The Engineering Skills for the Future report shows that female engineers are more attracted to an 'interesting career' than to the salary they will receive.

The report also shows that female engineers are more likely than their male colleagues to encourage people to enter the sector because it offers the prospect of interesting work - and are less likely to focus on career prospects and the potential to earn while learning through an apprenticeship or sponsored degree.

Amongst the report's recommendations is a plea to education and industry "not to discount any of the people around us" as potential engineers, as a career in the sector simply may not have previously been sold to them effectively.

Read the report here
2017 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards

The evening's 12 winners included the founders of a digital fashion service that offers a truly personalised shopping experience to over 5 million women, a 16-year-old app developer with s elf-taught HTML coding skills and a university professor who developed sustained drug release depots for ovarian cancer treatment. Together they show the breadth of achievements by women in the technology industry over the past year.
  • The 2017 Woman of the Year is Emily Brooke, CEO and Founder of Blaze, from London, who made the pivotal decision to give up an Oxbridge education to pursue her ambitions in design. 
  Find out more about the awards and 2017 winners here
Bi-annual Diversity and Inclusion Programme Newsletter

To read the latest issue from the Royal Academy of Engineering click here
Select a heroine - Vote for an engineer

The National Wallace Monument near Stirling in central Scotland is planning to install its first ever female in its Hall of Heroes. Amazingly there are not one but TWO women engineers you can vote for (and some sciency ladies too!)

No need for you to live in or indeed ever have visited Scotland, please vote for your preferred heroine. 

Naturally we think the engineers should win, so tell your friends,  Vote here
WES Partners News
WES would like to thank our renewing members this month, including Dialog Semiconductor which renews as a Company Membership Plus member, together with Edwards and Instron both renewing as Company Members.

We would like to thank all our Membership and Sponsoring Partners for their continuing support of WES.


WES' activity and attendance at external events 
February - March
  • 1 March, Gattaca Diversity Roundtable, attended by Kirsten Bodley
  • 2 March, Inaugural Industrial Cadets awards IET, attended by Benita Mehra
  • 6 March, UCL Student Society of Women Engineers International Women's Day Event, attended by  WES speaker Benita Mehra
  • 8 March, SEMTA Skills Awards, attended by Kirsten Bodley
  • 8 March, Heriot Watt University Networking coffee morning, Clare Lavelle, Rebecca Michaelsen, Ifey Kanu and Carol Marsh participating
  • 8 March, Hypatia UK Hub meeting, Bristol, attended by Benita Mehra
  • 9 March, IMechE/Tata Diverstiy Event Panel discussion. Britain's Engineering Future: are we building the right skills?, Benita Mehra was a panellist and Kirsten Bodley attended
  • 8-9 March, Kidzania event in London for engineers to speak to girls. WES London cluster participated
  • 13 March, Claudia Parsons Memorial Lecture, Loughborough, attended by Kirsten Bodley
  • 17 March, Swansea WES event
  • 20 March, Tata Showcase event, Kirsten Bodley attending
  • 22 March, BIG Futures show, Eastbourne, Kirsten Oliver attending
  • 24 March, Radius Breakfast event, Kirsten attending
  • 29 March, WES Lboro conference on the space industry, Betty Bonnardel-Azzarelli speaking about the space industry
  • 30 March, Promoting Women in STEM, London, Benita Mehra and Kirsten Bodley attending
  • 31 March, NECR Birmingham, Bethan Murray WES speaker attending
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